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Faces In New Places At Raffles, Fairmont And Swissôtel

FRHI Hotels & Resorts and its Three Leading Brands Announce Personnel Appointments around the Globe.

Friday, June 27, 2014
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FRHI Hotels & Resorts, the leading operator of Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, is pleased to announce several management-level appointments at its properties and locations worldwide. Recent appointments include:

Swissôtel Dresden Am Schloss welcomes Kevin Furrer as general manager. Furrer began his career with Swissôtel ten years ago at Le Plaza, Basel, Switzerland and later relocated to Swissôtel Berlin, Germany as director of operations. Most recently, Furrer held the position of general manager of Swissôtel Resort Phuket, Thailand.

Swissôtel Resort Phuket appoints Jeff Ross as general manager. Ross joined the company in 2010 as director of operations and was later named hotel manager at Swissôtel the Stamford Singapore. Prior to joining the company, Ross was with Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he held progressive positions from food and beverage manager to hotel manager.

Serge Ethuin joins as general manager at the luxurious Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris. With 25 years of experience, Ethuin brings a wealth of knowledge of the hotel and luxury sectors, having spent more than 17 years of his career managing luxury properties. Ethuin joins the company from Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts in Italy.

Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris is also pleased to appoint, Elodie Lacroix as director, sales and marketing. In this role, Lacroix will ensure development of business and continuation of hotel positioning. Lacroix hails from a rich background of sales positions at several luxury hospitality brands. Most recently, Lacroix held the position of director of global sales, France and Benelux for Jumeirah Group in London.

With its stunning views of Clearwater Bay, Raffles Hainan welcomes Tim Xue to the position of director, sales and marketing. Xue joins Raffles Hainan with more than 15 years of experience. Since 2006 he has held director roles within the sales and marketing discipline at a variety of hotel brands in Shanghai. Most recently, Xue held the position of director of sales and marketing of Dalian New World Hotel.

Swissôtel Ankara in Turkey welcomes Zeynep Kayralci as director of sales and marketing. Kayralci brings with her a wealth of expertise and has over 25 years of hospitality experience. Kayralci started her career with the Sheraton Istanbul Hotel & Towers, Turkey where she held various roles before moving onto to Hilton International. In her most recent position Kayralci opened the Mövenpick Hotel Ankara, Turkey in the capacity as director of sales and marketing.

Swissôtel Le Plaza, Basel appoints Patrick Grossmann as director of sales. In this new role, Grossmann’s leadership and vision will foster an engaged team in support of maximized market share, operating results and guest satisfaction. Grossmann brings 15 years of hospitality experience to this position. Grossmann has worked at several global hotel brands and joined the company in 2013 as a senior sales manager.

Set in the breathtaking island of Bermuda, Fairmont Hamilton Princess welcomes Andrew Morrison as executive chef. Morrison will be responsible for leading the culinary team at an exciting time in the hotel’s history and will be instrumental in overseeing the operations of two new restaurants of this historic property. Morrison joins the company with a wealth of culinary experience in leading culinary teams in Five Star and Five Diamond hotels.

Fairmont Nanjing is pleased to announce Edward Mair as executive chef. Mair brings close to 15 years of culinary experience, beginning in Scotland. Mair has worked all over the world, including the Middle East at the Westin Dubai and has been instrumental in several re-brandings throughout his career. Prior to joining Fairmont in early 2014 as sous-chef, Fairmont Nanjing, Mair held the position as executive chef at The Westin Haikou.

Avinash Mohan has been promoted to group executive chef, Kenya. Mohan’s new role will include overseeing the culinary department at Fairmont The Norfolk while also supervising culinary operations at Fairmont Mara Safari Club and Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. Mohan brings over 13 years of hospitality experience to this position and has worked in culinary roles at hotel properties in Asia and Europe. Prior to joining Fairmont, Mohan worked for The Leela Palace Hotel in Chennai, India as an executive sous chef.

The newest addition to the culinary scene at Estonia’s spectacular Swissôtel Tallinn is Frederic Boucault, who has been named executive chef. In this capacity, Boucault’s main responsibility is to manage all hotel kitchen teams, including the a la carte Restaurant Horisont, conference & banqueting, Café Swiss, and Lobby Bar No.3. Boucault gained his culinary experience working in different parts of the world, including Russia, Angola, Bulgaria, Switzerland and France. Boucault arrives from the Mongolia Terelji hotel.

About FRHI Hotels & Resorts
FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI) is a leading luxury hotel management company that operates more than 110 hotels globally under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company’s distinctive portfolio of luxury and upper upscale hotels features celebrated icons, world-class resorts and stylish city center hotels. Some notable hotels include the Raffles Singapore, Swissôtel The Bosphorus, The Fairmont San Francisco and London’s The Savoy. Focused on growing its distinctive hotel brands, the company is also developing new hotels in key locations around the world including exciting projects in China, Russia, India, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The company also manages Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel branded luxury private residence clubs, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties. For more information or reservations, please visit www.frhi.com.

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